Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]





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Sudan:  Charges dropped against 3 of the 5 defenders from TRACKs

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about developments in the judicial harassment against five human right defenders working at the Centre for Training and Human Development in Sudan (TRACKs)[1], namely Mr. Al Hassan Kheiry, a computer technician, Ms. Arwa Elrabie, the Administration Manager, Ms. Imany-Leyla Raye, a student volunteer, Mr. Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, the Director, and Mr. Midhat A. Hamdan, a trainer, as well as against the Director of Zarqa Organisation for Rural Development (ZORD) who had delivered training for TRACKs, Mr. Mustafa Adam, as well as the arbitrary detention of the last three (see background information).

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January 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan
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Kyrgyzstan:  Press Release: Court decision on human rights defender Azimjan Askarov expected on January 24

On January 24, the Chuy Regional Court of Kyrgyzstan is expected to issue a new appeal verdict on Mr. Azimjan Askarov's case. The verdict will be issued after nearly 4 months of retrial in appeal starting from October 2016, following a United Nations (UN)’s request for his release, and for quashing of his conviction. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) calls on the Chuy Regional Court to comply with the UN decision, to acquit and unconditionally release Mr. Askarov.

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January 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan
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Chad:  Summoning by the judicial police of Mr. Assingar Dobian, spokesperson of MECI

January 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad
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Guatemala:  Asesinato de la defensora de la tierra y el medio ambiente Laura Leonor Vásquez Pineda

January 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Ecuador:  Carta Abierta a los candidatos a la presidencia: Comprométanse a derogar los Decretos que habilitan la disolución de ONGs

January 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador
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How children can survive torture

Report on the Expert Workshop on redress and rehabilitation of child and adolescent victims How children can survive tortureof torture and the intergenerational

transmission of trauma

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January 20, 2017  |   Assistance to victims, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications
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January 20, 2017  |  Statements
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Joint written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

January 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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The Child Justice Advocacy Group calls on the government of the Philippines to reject proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Civil society organizations call on the Senate and Government of the Philippines to refrain from adopting reforms to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine.

This reform would be an abdication of the Philippines’ commitment under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and would not be an effective way of addressing crime committed by children. The

Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on States to progressively raise the age of criminal responsibility, and has made it clear that a minimum age of criminal responsibility of nine is not internationally acceptable. 

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January 17, 2017  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Volunteering opportunity: Social Media Specialist

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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January 13, 2017  |  Links

Volunteering opportunity: Digital Content Specialist

Want to make a difference by putting your skills in the service of human rights? We need you!
This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic professional with honed filming/editing skills and marketing acumen to join our Communications Department, at the OMCT Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Our team will make you feel at home; we offer plenty of significant work and learning opportunities, and the corporate culture is international, collaborative and stimulating.

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January 13, 2017  |  Links

Azerbaijan: Rights Groups Demand Justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov Tortured in Azerbaijan

The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the abduction and torture of Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov and call on Azerbaijan’s authorities to immediately investigate the case and to hold those responsible accountable. Moreover, Huseynov’s conviction should be overturned and the travel ban against him lifted. We further call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists, bloggers and activists currently imprisoned in Azerbaijan solely for exercising the right to freedom of expression.

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January 13, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Internship Announcement: Project Development and Institutional Giving

January 11, 2017  |  Links

Bangladesh: Odhikar Annual Human Rights Report 2016



Annual Human Rights Report 2016 of Odhikar, a prominent human rights organisation in Bangladesh, and a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network.

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January 2, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

Congo, Democratic Republic: Unrest, arrests and killings in DR Congo: Stop EU support for Congolese police

Brussels, 22 December 2016 - After days of political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) must take stronger and more concrete action by stopping its financial support for the police sector, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) declared today.

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December 22, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic